North Bannock Fire District (NBFD) recently celebrated its 2nd anniversary and we want to keep you informed of our progress, which has only been possible due to commitment of the volunteer firefighters, the work of the fire department administrative staff and the support of the residents of the district.
Our Fire Chief for the past two years, J.R. Farnsworth, has recently resigned from the department and taken another position. He was an integral part in making the North Bannock Fire Department the success it is today. After much deliberation, we, the NBFD Commissioners, have decided a full-time fire chief is no longer necessary and have chosen to hire a part-time chief. We have selected Assistant Chief Mark Brood to fill the position, effective immediately. Chief Brood was NBFD’s first employee. His knowledge and experience, as well as the respect and support of the volunteers, make him well-suited to the position and will allow a smooth transition to this new structure. It is recognized that many office tasks can be handled by an administrative assistant. We will be posting the position for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Besides assisting Chief Brood and maintaining limited office hours at the Station, the person will also serve as Secretary for the Commissioners.
Our volunteer and paid staff continue to train in all aspects of fire prevention and firefighting. As training officer and assistant chief, Mark Brood has diligently ensured that volunteers become Fire Fighter 1 certified, and have hands-on training for many scenarios. We continue to purchase and upgrade the personal protective equipment and supplies that our firefighters need to safely perform their jobs.
After purchasing the main station on Chubbuck Road, we started the search for property for a second station closer to the canyons area. Timely response to calls is the goal of any fire department, and we are committed to serving all district residents in the most effective way possible. At this time, we have an option to purchase some land on Pocatello Creek Road, with the goal of building the second station there as soon as our finances allow.
And, finally, we thank our North Bannock Fire District residents for their continued support, and especially for the support of the levy funding which will allow us to continue to maintain and improve the Department. We welcome your comments at any time. More information is available on our website northbannockfire.us. You are always welcome to attend the Commission meetings on the second Thursday of each month. We encourage you to join our Facebook page at North Bannock Fire Department.